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Possibly the most popular TV and musical cartoon of all time, the Chipmunks enjoyed several periods of prosperity -- beginning with the '60s era of adolescent Baby Boomers, cresting in the '80s, when the Boomers' children were growing up, and riding the wave clear into the new millennium. The man who brought the Chipmunks to life, Ross Bagdasarian, was born on January 27, 1919, in Fresno, California. He came to Los Angeles in 1950, and appeared in the films Viva Zapata, Stalag 17, and Rear Window. Bagdasarian also worked as a songwriter, reaching the charts first in 1956, as his production of Alfi & Harry's "The Trouble with Harry" hit number 44. He later charted two solo singles (recorded as David Seville), "Armen's Theme" and "Gotta Get to Your House." In 1958, Bagdasarian began experimenting with a novel technique -- recording normal vocals but then speeding up the playback on a tape machine. The process yielded the number one hit "Witch Doctor" in early 1958, and the phenomenon mushroomed later that year when his Christmas gimmick single "The Chipmunk Song" spent four weeks at the top of the charts. "Alvin's Harmonica" reached number three just two months later, and Christmas reissues of "The Chipmunk Song" charted in the Top 40 over the next four years. The Alvin Show premiered on prime-time television in 1961, with all voices supplied by Bagdasarian. It only ran for one year, but was a success in a Saturday-morning slot. Five more Chipmunks singles charted in the early '60s, and five LPs also did well, including a Beatles cover album in 1964. Although Bagdasarian died in 1972, his son Ross Jr. revived Alvin, Simon, and Theodore in 1979 on Saturday mornings and on the 1980 album Chipmunk Punk. The series became more popular than in the '60s, and albums of the Chipmunks singing country, Christmas, rock, and Hollywood favorites were big sellers, though they didn't enjoy chart success. Although the cartoon was no longer in production by the '90s, new Chipmunks records continued appearing, among them 1998's A-Files: Alien Files. In 2007, a film series debuted with Alvin and the Chipmunks -- the first being so successful that it spawned three sequels: 2009's Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel, 2011's Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked, and 2015's Alvin and the Chipmunks 4. A revival of the TV series was also planned to premiere on Nickelodeon in early 2015. ~ John Bush
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Albums by
The Chipmunks

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    16 songs

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    Christmas with the Chipmunks

    10 songs

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    The Chipmunks Go To The Movies

    20 songs

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    Christmas with the Chipmunks [Capitol 2008]

    12 songs

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    Let's All Sing with the Chipmunks

    14 songs

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    The Chipmunks Songbook

    12 songs

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    Around the World with the Chipmunks

    12 songs

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    Sing Again with the Chipmunks

    43 songs

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    Holidays & Hits

    1 song

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    Uptown Funk

    16 songs

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    Santa Claus' Christmas Party

    11 songs

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    Jingle Bells

    12 songs

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    Christmas with the Chipmunks

    11 songs

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    Born to Rock

    14 songs

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    Undeniable

    25 songs

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    Christmas with the Chipmunks [Capitol Bonus Track]

    15 songs

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    Merry Christmas from the Chipmunks

    9 songs

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    Christmas with the Chipmunks, Vol. 2 [EMI-Capitol]

    12 songs

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    The Chipmunks Sing the Beatles Hits

    24 songs

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    Christmas with the Chipmunks [Capitol 2006]

    15 songs

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    Christmas With the Chipmunks

    20 songs

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    Christmas with the Chipmunks [Capitol 2008]

    11 songs

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    A Chipmunk Christmas [DVD/CD]

    24 songs

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    Christmas with the Chipmunks

    10 songs

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    The A-Files: Alien Songs

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Top Songs by
The Chipmunks

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  2.   The Chipmunk Song (Christmas Don't Be Late)
  3.   We Wish You a Merry Christmas
  4.   It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas
  5.   Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious featuring Alvin & the Chipmunks
  6.   Yankee Doodle
  7.   Working on the Railroad
  8.   Whistle While You Work
  9.   Japanese Banana
  10.   Jingle Bells
  11.   White Christmas
  12.   Here We Come A-Caroling
  13.   Christmas Don't Be Late
  14.   Three Little Birds by Alvin & the Chipmunks
  15.   Don't Stop Believin' featuring Alvin & the Chipmunks
  16.   Witch Doctor
  17.   Living On A Prayer by Alvin & the Chipmunks
  18.   Party Rock Anthem by The Chipettes
  19.   Vacation featuring Basko
  20.   I Gotta Feeling
  21.   The Friendly Beast by The Harmonicats
  22.   The Bare Necessities
  23.   You Spin Me Round (Like a Record)
  24.   Uptown Funk
  25.   Shake Your Groove Thing
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Stations & Shows Featuring
The Chipmunks

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    Kids Christmas

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    You'll Shoot Your Eye Out

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    Toddlers

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    Yuletide Classics

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    Kids Classic Hits

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    Holiday Party

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    Top Christmas Hits

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    Mix 94.9's Christmas Mixer

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    The Wolf's Christmas Classics

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    Big Dave's Christmas Favorites

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    Jeff & Jenn's Christmas Channel

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    Holiday Deep Dive


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